President Zuma says SAIMI will help develop skills

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the establishment of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), saying it will help develop the skills needed in the maritime and related sectors.

Speaking in the Port of Port Elizabeth after inspection progress in Operation Phakisa-related initiatives, the President said “without the necessary skills base, we will not be able to grow the Oceans Economy. “We are therefore very happy to announce the establishment of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) based at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. “This has been achieved through a Two Hundred and Ninety-Five Million Rand (R295 million) contribution by the National Skills Fund. “This institute is responsible for the implementation of all skills development initiatives of the Oceans Economy in Operation Phakisa, under the leadership of the Department of Higher Education and Training,” he said. President Zuma said the government has unlocked investments amounting to about R17 billion in the Oceans Economy, thanks to Operation Phakisa. Over 4 500 jobs have been created in the various sectors since the launch of the initiative, he added.

Experiential sea training for cadets that is managed by SAIMI has also received a boost. “Two bulk carriers are now registered on the South African Ships Register and will be using the Port of Port Elizabeth as the home port, providing opportunities for South African crew and cadets.

“A further registered vessel will be using Cape Town as its home port,” said President Zuma.

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